A NETWORK OF COMMUNITY COMPOSTING HUBS
We want to build a network of composting hubs right across Auckland, to give everyone the opportunity to compost and help keep organic waste out of landfill. We want to make it even easier for everyone, including those who don’t have the use for compost at home, or the space to make it.
We currently have three Community Composting Hubs running as pilots, to evaluate how best to meet our community needs:
HOPE TEACHING GARDEN, RIVERBANK ROAD, NEW LYNN and ECOMATTERS ORGANIC TEACHING GARDEN, OLYMPIC PLACE, NEW LYNN supported by EcoMatters.
For more information please contact Richard: email@example.com
ENGINE BAY NURSERY, HOBSONVILLE POINT supported by Kaipātiki Project.
For more information please contact Judith: firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for an existing community compost hub in your neighbourhood to drop off your food scraps? Check out our information about donating to community compost hubs here.
SET UP A COMPOSTING HUB
Keen to set up a community composting hub? We have the following support available to help you get started:
- Free advice from a Composting Collective facilitator in your local area
- Free composting workshops, fact sheets and other resources, and information about composting in schools.
- Use ShareWaste to find existing hubs in your neighbourhood
- Financial support through our Community Composting Fund
- Resource list of composting tools/items you may need
COMMUNITY COMPOSTING FUND
Keen to help support your community to compost locally? Thanks to Auckland Council, Compost Collective has funds available to help support you.
The Community Composting Fund is created to help people to compost food and garden waste locally within their own neighbourhood. Communities to us are community gardens, urban farms, organisations, schools, and businesses, basically anywhere where the people in your community can come and drop off food scraps for composting.
Anyone based in Auckland can apply to the Community Compost Fund, which can be used for expenses like:
- Contribution towards (large scale) composting systems
- Equipment to help manage your composting systems, such as turning forks, thermometers and weighing scales (for data collection purposes)
- Composting signage (we have templates available if needed)
- Safety equipment
- Compost quality testing
- DIY solutions
We have created a resource list with items that may help you in setting up your own community composting hub. While we don’t endorse particular brands, we have included generic items with rough prices to give you an idea of cost when applying for our fund. We hope you find this useful.
Please note this fund can be applied for in tandem with Auckland Council’s WIMF (Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund).
APPLY FOR THE FUND
To apply for the Community Composting Hub Fund, fill in the online application form below. Applications are processed on a weekly basis, so you’ll hear back within seven business days if your funding is approved.
When completing the application form below, please give us as much information as you can about your organisation and the specific costs you’re likely to encounter. We want to make sure we can support your composting hub with adequate funding or with other free resources if your application is successful.
Please note, schools are only eligable for this grant if strongly linked to the general community.
Once your application is approved, you can go ahead and purchase your items. You will then need to reconcile your expenses and send them to us along with this report completed, together with your receipts and photos of your hub. We will reimburse the agreed amount of funding once we have received and approved your receipts.
After receiving the funding, we will follow up two months later with a simple 5-question survey, to see how you are getting on and if there is anything else we can help you with. Collecting and recording your landfill diversion data, and completing this survey means we can help you with continuing support and will unlock further free resources or additional funding, for example if you would like to expand your hub in the future. We would love to be able to measure the impact the fund has in helping you to create more black soil to nourish the earth, with the hope of being able to offer further funds in the future and help reach Auckland Council’s goal of Zero Waste in 2040.
- Funding is available for hubs in the Auckland region
- Up to $500 funding is available per composting hub*
- Hubs must register on ShareWaste NZ as a host accepting food scraps**
- Funding is not available for systems that are for private use only
- Wages/contractor payments are not eligible for reimbursement
- We will connect you with your local Compost Collective Facilitator, so they can offer you ongoing support and advice
- You must fill out our follow-up survey which includes sharing your landfill diversion data in kilograms
- You must have a process in place for accepting food scraps from the community, which includes following all essential health and safety guidance, including for COVID-19 alert levels when necessary. EcoMatters has also developed health and safety risk assessment templates for large scale bokashi, worm farm and composting systems.
* Please feel free to get in touch with us to discuss this further if needed.
**If this is not an option for you, please let us know, and we can make it work together.